Crystal Palace rivalling West Ham to sign Emmanuel Emenike
By Lyall Thomas
Last Updated: 26/01/16 12:32pm
Crystal Palace are rivalling West Ham to sign Fenerbahce striker Emmanuel Emenike, Sky sources understand.
Sky Sports News HQ reported last week that the Hammers had made an offer to take the 28-year-old on loan with the view to a permanent transfer in the summer.
Sky sources claimed the deal had hit a snag late last week and it is understood that snag is the interest from Palace.
Eagles boss Alan Pardew wants another option up-front and could lose Connor Wickham for three matches after he was charged by the FA with violent conduct.
Emenike, who was of interest to Tottenham several years ago, has been playing on loan in Dubai for Al Ain and Hammers boss Slaven Bilic knows him from his time in charge of Besiktas.
West Ham co-owner David Sullivan told Sky Sports News HQ last week that the club was interested in a striker who had been playing in a "strange" league.
"We are looking, long-term, for a 20-goal-a-season striker," he said. "There's a possibility that a striker will come in on loan in the next seven days, with the option to buy him.
"He's an overseas striker. If I told you, you wouldn't believe it. I can't tell you which league because then you'll know exactly who it is. We are signing from a very strange league. But he has played in higher leagues."